Can you imagine having to wear braces for nearly a dozen years? Well, that
is what happened to Devin Bost, formerly of Eugene, who first got braces
at the tender age of seven. He was forced to wear braces until he was
eighteen. He now claims that having to wear braces for so many years cause
his teeth to rot, and he is suing his orthodontist, Brad Chvatal, for
just over $185,000.
Bost is now 22 and is represented by attorney David Hollander of Portland.
Orthodontists generally see patients for about two years, and braces generally
are not worn for longer than that. According to Hollander, Bost has accrued
dental bills in excess of $35,000, and many of his teeth are completely
rotten, and others must be removed and replaced with implants.
There are still some fuzzy areas to the story, however. Bost allegedly
started seeing Dr. Chvatal in 1997, but Chvatal claims he did not get
his orthodontist license until 2002. In addition, it is unclear how or
why Bost had braces for so many years. The lawsuit seeks coverage for
medical expenses as well as $150,000 for pain and suffering.
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